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Ofir Shavit


Ofir Shavit
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  • Re: Best Foundry Sites 
    Brand new (from about a month ago), of Yanek Iontef, Israeli indie type designer.
  • Re: Fixed Stroke Width and Hebrew

    Check out Amigo (a work in progress):

    I have to disagree Ori, the optical issue should not be ignored in Hebrew and in your typeface. If you like to create a contrast in your typeface, you create it, and balance the letter-forms accordingly.

    Even in this layout when examining each letter on it's own, and at this size, many letters are popping up distorted a little, mostly /ח/ם/ט/כ/ע/ש, the right bottom of the /מ and the digits.

    It'll be more significant in text layout and decreasing font-size. Eventually, the cleanness and texture quality will suffer of it.

  • Re: What’s the best on Windows in 2017?

    You can give Fontark a try. It has a super simple and flexible parametric drawing mechanism, plus a cross glyphs control system which makes about 70%-90% of the font design process a joy.
    It is free, browser based, so no OS dependency, and comes with a personal instructor - myself :)
  • Re: My first typeface: Darec


    I think it is a nice first font as an exercise, even though it might be too much of a challenge to achieve a good result in first attempt, since the simplest is often the hardest.

    Looking at a typeface we examine the appeal and harmony of the text (rather than focusing on the shapes of the letters). At the moment it feels to me that there are too many forces pulling the letters to different directions in a way that make it seems unstable and randomly disordered.

    The thing that disturbs my eyes most are the top flattened letters (e,g,p,q,P,R).
    Z's crossbar is not needed, S,s seems too wide.
    I love the G,X,U,V,@,&.
    The digits needs some more work.

    It is clear that you lack some fundamental type design knowledge.
    Besides overshooting you have to apply more optical corrections to your typeface such as thinning a bit the horizontal lines, easing the weight of joints and reducing the size of the top parts in some characters (most noticeable at the 8, but applies as well to the B,K,R,S,X,a,s,x,z,2,3,5,8) and some more.
    These are subtle corrections but it will improve your typeface significantly.

    I made 4 short videos about these issues with Fontark that might help.

  • Re: Graphology

     I could jot messily or I could slow down and write with care. When doing so I've noticed that there is something deeper going beyond...

    At the very core of it, what you describe here is a certain expansion of consciousness and it's impact.

    - In our "regular" active state (moving, thinking, talking, writing...) one's consciousness is like a focused beam, it enlights and includes a small part of ourselves/our being ,and we get aware of it while all the rest of our being (including it's activity) lay in the darkness of our subconscious and automatism.

    - Consciousness changes the nature of the activity of any of the human aspects, focus your attention on your body movement, ant it'll change, focus your attention on your feelings/thoughts/whatever and they'll change. If you'd like, a human is a hyper-super-duper quantum mechanics lab. And one that has been researched, investigated and explored since the dawn of mankind.

    - With this in mind, the human is like a flute, or a sax. be aware of the first hole in the flute and it'll open (all the rest are closed), blow and you'll get a certain tone of sound. Move your awareness to the third hole, it'll open and the first will shut. A different tone will be sound. 

    - Like that, our consciousness "jumps" deliberately and not deliberately from one subject of attention to another and the "music" of our life and everything we do and express is played.

    - What you described is a practice of expanding your attention to include more than one "hole" of your "flute". it demands a less "focused", wider and inclusive attention and the "tones" it produces are much different and humans are sensitive to it (who more who less).

    - consciousness is the essence that can unite the entire "flute".

    - The human attention and consciousness can expand beyond imagination. (and don't make me laugh with mentioning scientific brain researches, i'm in a serious mood lately)

    - Consciousness expansion practice is in the core of any spiritual practice and particularly in respect of creative arts you'll find it in Zen (Ensō) and Tibetan Buddhism (Tibetan mandalas).